Tyler Glasnow Named Dodgers’ Opening Day Starter; Yoshinobu Yamamoto Pitching 2nd Game Of Seoul Series

Originally published by DodgerBlue.com

Tyler Glasnow is starting for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day, which is Wednesday, March 20, with the start of the Seoul Series at Gocheok Sky Dome. Yoshinobu Yamamoto is slated to pitch the second game against the San Diego Padres.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had previously indicated Yamamoto and Glasnow were the likely starters for the Seoul Series, but had yet to make it official or confirm their order.

Yu Darvish was named the Padres’ Opening Day starter, and Joe Musgrove is starting opposite Yamamoto in the finale of the Seoul Series.

Both games at Gocheok Sky Dome are starting at 7:05 p.m. local time and 3:05 a.m. PT.

Opening Day of the 2024 regular season is a road game for the Dodgers, and they will be the home team when Yamamoto makes his official debut.

Glasnow not only gets to be part of history by starting in MLB’s first game in South Korea, but it’s also a rarity for a newcomer to the organization.

Prior to this year, Derek Lowe in 2005 was the last pitcher to start for the Dodgers on Opening Day in his first season with the team. Meanwhile, Glasnow is the sixth different Dodgers Opening Day starter in the past six seasons.

Glasnow was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in December, along with Manuel Margot who has since been traded to the Minnesota Twins. The trade was contingent on working out a contract extension with Glasnow, which amounted to a five-year, $136.5 million deal.

Glasnow’s only other Opening Day start came with the Rays in 2021, when he logged six scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins.

Yamamoto is poised to join Yusei Kikuchi as the only starting pitchers to ever make their MLB debut outside of the United States and Canada.

Tyler Glasnow, Yoshinobu Yamamoto prepared for South Korea

Starting the season early in South Korea created a bit of a challenge for the Dodgers due to having a condensed Spring Training schedule, but the club has taken a deliberate approach with preparing their pitchers.

Rather than focus on having Glasnow and Yamamoto fully prepared for the games in South Korea, the Dodgers prioritized a normal ramp-up process and are planning to piggyback them if necessary.

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